It’s about time for a Cissa update!

Dear friends, family, supporters!

I’m so sorry I’ve been silent for a while now. But I promise we have been working VERY HARD on the project. SO MUCH love and hard work are going into this album, it’s difficult to explain. It’s definitely been a big challenge to work with a team who’s so far away (in Brazil). We made good use of the time while I was there, and have been working hard on getting this songs on tracks. We have SEVEN songs recorded now with everything but my vocals. And the three that are left will be the end of the kickstarter money. So my new challenge is finding funding to mix, master, print and distribute. Wish me luck! I’m so fortunate to have had your help to get this far, and rest assured I’M GOING TO FIND A WAY TO MAKE IT HAPPEN!

No time to worry, the arrangements have been coming out really beautifully. Among the arrangers are JP Silva, Nelson Freitas and Cesar Orosco. We have three original songs written by myself and JP. There are some Cape Verdean songs and one Angolan song. The rest are Brazilian. The sound is the mixture we were looking for and the band is super talented and never ceases to amaze me! It’s been really fun and I’m really looking forward to sharing this music with you.

Supporter’s gifts are in the works and will be getting to you before release date. Which right now is set to the first week of April (subject to change, but fingers crossed!). If you have questions or ever wonder what the heck I’m doing please reach out to me on facebook. Even if I take some time to respond I do my best to keep that inbox clean.

On more good news, we set a date! I’ll be going to Brazil in January to record all the vocals \o/ YAY!

Blessings and eternal thanks to all who are making dreams come true. I will try to send another update before too long, this one was way too long coming!

I HAVE A SPECIAL SNEAK PEAK FOR THOSE WHO STILL WANT TO CONTRIBUTE AND WHO HAVE ALREADY CONTRIBUTED, OF COURSE. I have sent an unfinished version of one of the songs on the album to all kickstarter contributors. If you haven’t had the chance to contribute but want to, here’s the link, any amount counts! You will receive the sneak peak after contributing! 🙂



The album is in the belly

It’s been an amazing month in Cissa world!  I was so happy and relieved to have made the Kickstarter goal.  I can’t thank my backers enough, and I hope you know that your money is being very well measured and spent.  I’m trying to make the right financial choices to make sure the album is as GREAT as possible. 

While in Brazil, we recorded 6 tracks.  They sound SO BEAUTIFUL.  The musicians working with us are absolutely amazing.  They brought in the levels of professionalism and creativity that I had been hoping for.  We recorded with Nelcinho Freitas (piano), Rodrigo Ferreira (bass), Paulinho Criança (drums), Anderson Vilmar (percussion) and of course JP Silva (guitar, cavaco, mandolin).  There will also be other additions with horns and an AMAZING rabeca player, who shall remain nameless for now.  A true blessing! I’m happy to report the CD will feature about 4 original songs, composed by JP and myself.  I’m loving them so far.  Making a song is almost as gratifying as making a baby.  Lol!

I also made room for some great opportunity for the album.  With an upcoming collaboration for the next 4 songs (to complete the album) of Marcos Suzano and João Pires.  Suzano is a world-famous percussionist who’s worked with all the big names like Bebel Gilberto, Ney Matogrosso, Djavan to name a few.  And João is a wonderful composer from Portugal, with tons of Cape Verdean experience.  His new CD called “Caminhar” has just been released and is very beautiful. 

The trip was very enriching for me.  I made some great friends, great music and even sat in on some of JP’s gigs.  Jongo da Serrinha was very accommodating and I was also very happy to sit in with them at Trapiche in Downtown Rio.  Those are some very talented ladies with a gorgeous repertoire!

Back at the nation’s capital:  Last night I had the honor of opening the show for Casuarina.  A wonderful samba band made up of super talented virtuosos. They had been on tour in the U.S. and Tropicalia was their last stop before returning home.  What a wonderful night!  The crowd was awesome and Casuarina killed it!  It’s such a treat to have a band of that caliber in town.  I’m very blessed to have been a part of it.

These are exciting progressions and I am really looking forward to sharing my music with you very soon.  I’m working hard every day to make it happen and I’m so grateful for the support from my community.  You are making dreams come true!  Thank you!  ❤


It’s been a tough 3 months to get the video and all the requirements in order for my Kickstarter Campaign! But it’s finally here! The video contains footage from DC and NY and I think is a good snippet of all the love, sweat, tears and laughter that have been going into this album. I’ve got a long way ahead and am very hopeful that this campaign will be successful. With your help we can continue to write the history of contemporary world music. If we are successful, I’ll be going to Brazil in July 2013 to finish recording the album, and we will hopefully release before the end of the year!

I want to thank all the amazing friends who have been so helpful and inspiring! I am truly blessed to have you in my life. Also, I want to thank the amazing WORLD-CLASS musicians that have been playing with me here in Washington DC. The are so impressive! Some of the names are: Cesar Orosco (piano), Wayne Wilentz (piano), Leonardo Lucini (bass), Flora Lucini (bass), Dan Paul (piano), Stewart Bernard (bass), Jon Laine (drums), Roberto Berimbau (drums), Alejandro Lucini (drums), Didier Prossaird (piano), Dani Cortaza (guitar), Matvei Sigalov (guitar) and more. I am honored to have these professionals accompany me on my shows. If you don’t know them you should check them out, so much knowledge and talent!

Also the awesome cast and crew in NY who recorded the video footage up there. I couldn’t have done it without them! Aria Isadora (camera), Taganyahu Swaby (camera), Dwuane Francis (camera), Davi Vieira (percussion), Gustavo Dantas (guitar), Flora Lucini (bass), Nenas Gonçalves (guitar and songwriter of “Toro Brabo”). Another amazingly talented bunch that I’m so lucky to have as friends. Also Joel Mejia for his advice and referrals!




Contact: Renata Duarte
Telephone: (347) 403-4817

PRESS RELEASE (download pdf)
For Immediate release

Eclectic Singer and Lyricist announces the launching of the campaign to fund her debut album project, which will mix rhythms and influences from Brazil and Luso-Africa

WASHINGTON DC- Mixing samba, choro, bossa nova with semba, morna, coladera and batuco is the aim of this audacious project by a young singer from Brazil. Counting with the experience and knowhow of well-known Brazilian producer JP SILVA, Cissa embarked on this project over a year ago working across countries with JP who lives in Rio de Janeiro. Cissa shares, “working remotely has been an amazing exercise of love and dedication on both of our parts, writing songs oceans away from each other has given us a broader canvas with which to paint our impressions of culture and passion.”


Made up of well-crafted and distinctively arranged covers as well as originals, the album will be a mix of contemporary expressions of traditional sounds. This album will join the Lusophone music movement to modernize without losing the rich essence of the musical legacy of artists such as Gilberto Gil, Cesaria Evora and Waldemar Bastos.

Renowned cultural group “JONGO DA SERRINHA” will be participating in the album and have already started to record when they participated in the demo song A BEIRA E O MAR, composed by Roberto Mendes. Jongo is a rural cultural manifestation directly associated with the African culture in Brazil. The formation of samba carioca was heavily influenced by Jongo. Inserting itself within the so-called ‘dances of the belly strike’ (however being related to the ‘Semba’ or ‘Masemba’ of Angola), the Jongo was brought to Brazil by Bantus. Jongo da Serrinha is the biggest and most famous Jongo group in Rio and one of the strongest in Brazil.

Cape Verdean singer-songwriter NENAS GONÇALVES will also be collaborating in the album and two of his songs will be featured. Nenas is a talented songwriter with a similar musical taste to Cissa’s, his music is heavily influenced by Brazilian rhythms and his lyrics express the love for his culture and the struggle of his people.

The kickstarter campaign will begin on May 20, 2013 and will run for 35 days. Once launched, it will be accessible by searching for “Cissa Paz” on


Born in Belgium by chance, CISSA PAZ grew up in her parent’s hometown of Rio de Janeiro. Brought to the U.S. at age 17 her biggest dreams seemed impossible as she watched the snow falling from her window in Northern Virginia. With a diplomat father, Cissa traveled all over the world, and acquired a taste for all the ingredients now being added to her debut album project. Today, Cissa performs songs in Portuguese, Portuguese-Creole, Spanish, French and English. Her voice is pure and honest and her perspective is a refreshing blend of what world music can provide.



Dear Friends and Supporters,

Thank you so much for all the love and support I’ve been receiving from you! I’m so blessed to be surrounded by like-minded positive people who appreciate my work and let me appreciate theirs.

I AM SO EXCITED to report that TODAY, FEB 25TH, 2013 my producer is in the studio in Rio de Janeiro with the musicians participating in the recording of my demo!! We are recording two songs now, once the instruments are recorded they will be sending me the music and I will be recording the vocals here in the DC area. We will be using this demo to start a funding campaign in order to finish the album. So in the next month or earlier I will be coming out with a kickstarter project and I hope you can find it in your hearts (and pockets) to make this dream a reality! More info coming soon!

Peace and Blessings,

– Paz


Mestiço @ BossaPhotography by: Earnest Evans